Take the road less traveled on your next trip to Europe and tour the continent’s lesser-known regions and historic oddities. Opt for a unique tour showcasing the darker side of your favorite city, its unique history or a whimsical tour through its softer side.
Known for its rebellious side, it’s no wonder why an Irish prison tour would be so appealing to travelers. Head to Cork City, Ireland, and hit the Gaol Heritage Centre with a tour through true-to-life exhibits. Stroll through the castle-like building once home to 19th-century prisoners complete with wax figures, fully furnished cells and sound effects. Opt for a night tour and really scare the kids and walk away with a memorable experience.
With such a rich political history and famous rebellions, independence and political strife, Ireland is a gold mine of prison history. This particular gaol housed many of Ireland’s most famous freedom fighters and is a unique and fun way to learn more about modern Irish history.
While in Europe, head to northern Italy for a taste of Turin’s history. Explore the impressive underground mining tunnel, built during the Siege of Turin in 1706, to fight off the French. Keep it going with the underground theme and explore the catacombs and ancient tombs of some of the oldest churches in Turin.
Stick to the sweeter side of the city and hop on the chocolate tour with a ChocoPass from the Tourist Information Center in the main railway station. Explore the Chocolate Factory of Turin and book a private tour, or plan your trip for the annual festival held in the city’s piazza, showcasing sweets from some of the greatest chocolatiers in the world.